Big Game Bound

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Watch with caution: Hippo Fiona makes mess of Super Bowl pick


It’s unclear whether Fiona knew the point spread for Sunday’s game

CINCINNATI (AP/CNN) — Fiona the hippopotamus heartthrob at an Ohio zoo has literally thrown up her choice for Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Zoo keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on Thursday placed two “enrichment” toys in front of her, marked with the logos of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. While the plan called for Fiona to nudge one of the items with her snout to indicate her pick, she instead chose to lose her leafy green lunch on the Chiefs’ item, WLWT-TV reports.

Fiona’s premature birth three years ago drew international attention. She has since grown to 1,200 pounds, roughly the weight of four NFL offensive linemen.

It’s the third year she has handicapped the Super Bowl, correctly picking the Philadelphia Eagles to beat the New England Patriots in 2018, but missing on the Los Angeles Rams upsetting the Patriots in 2019.

Fiona celebrated her third birthday Jan. 24. She weighed just 29 pounds at birth, 25 pounds less than the lowest recorded birth weight for her species.

It’s unclear whether Fiona knew the point spread for Sunday’s game. The Chiefs are favored by a point.

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